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University of Massachusetts Amherst



Dean's Welcome

As we begin another academic year, I'm delighted to welcome both new and returning students, faculty and staff and to share with you the College's plans for the coming year. More...

Creative Economy

Research project that measured the economic impact of HFA and our alumni on the Pioneer Valley. More...

Academic Freedom

The College's official policy on academic and artistic freedom and community response.


Interdisciplinary Studies Institute

Visit the IS website.


The Interdisciplinary Studies Institute is a forum for faculty at the University of Massachusetts to engage with one another in a spirit of intellectual and creative adventure in a range of settings and environments. At the core of their activities is the seminar, organized around a specific theme; each semester they choose a new topic (for a listing of past and present themes, see their Seminars page). The ethos of the seminar is free and democratic, cutting across lines of discipline and rank. Participants take turns leading discussion, based on their own interests and projects. Their other events include an annual lecture, as well as working groups and colloquia. It is their hope that the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, its seminar and related activities, will provide a vigorous resource for intellectual and creative energy on the UMass campus. Its range and connective potential should link faculty not only within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts but also in other disciplines and colleges as well.


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